NAMI Florida's 2019 Annual Meeting

COME TOGETHER - 2019 NAMI Florida Conference and Annual Meeting!

September 20-21, Friday and Saturday

This year, we will be hosting our event at the beautiful Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. Our focus is to promote collaboration and explore the mental health trends in the Sunshine State.

Check back soon for registration details, sponsorship opportunities, our agenda and guest speakers. For questions, please contact Christine Poole at

NEW! See NAMI Florida's statement on violence and mental health and legislative solutions​

NAMI Florida Statement on Parkland Tragedy

We are saddened by the events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and our hearts go out to the students, families, teachers, and community affected by this tragedy. We can all agree it’s time for our state and nation to engage in much needed conversations around mental illness and protecting our youth from further tragedies.

For now, we are here to offer our support to those people experiencing grief, increased feelings of anxiety, depression, or PTSD in the aftermath of this crisis. The following resources are available:

Members of the law enforcement community can benefit from a NAMI guide called “Preparing for the Unimaginable.” It assists law enforcement leaders in safeguarding the mental health and wellness of first responders following a tragic event. This guide was developed following the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in 2012. The guide can be found at

NAMI Florida also has resources on its website ( for businesses, as mental illness is the top cause for worker disability. Our website has tips to help employers approach the subject of mental health in the workplace.

NAMI Florida has been the voice for individuals and families affected by mental illness in our state for 30 years. We want to encourage students – or any individual -- who experiences the signs and symptoms of mental illness to speak up and get the support they need without fear of being stigmatized.

Together, we can work toward meaningful solutions. NAMI Florida stands ready to assist.

2018 Behavioral Health Day at the Capitol

More than 150 people joined NAMI Florida and its partners for Behavioral Health Day at the Capitol on Jan. 24. Our advocates met with more than half of the members and staff of the Florida Legislature to discuss NAMI Florida's legislative agenda (click here).

Our event was followed by a press conference featuring Sen. Wilton Simpson and Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen, who called on their fellow lawmakers to pass key legislation about mental health policies and funding. NAMI Greater Orlando member Katherine Osborne shared her personal story of living with a mental health challenge.

View Slate of Bills

Read Press Release

Emergency Resources

  • NAMI Helpline: This is a free service that provides information, referrals and support to people living with a mental health condition, family members and caregivers, mental health providers and the public. The NAMI HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., ET. The number is 1-800-950-NAMI (6264).
  • Crisis Text Line – Text NAMI to 741-741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message.
  • SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24/7, 365-day-a–year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: If you or someone you know is in crisis—whether they are considering suicide or not—please call the toll-free Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with a trained crisis counselor 24/7.

For information on shelters, evacuations, fuel, price gouging complaints and other information about disaster preparedness in Florida, please visit

As a leading voice in the mental health community, NAMI is looking to share the stories of those impacted by the recent natural disasters. If you need assistance, please call national NAMI at 703-516-7230 or email

The Stigma Free Florida campaign is a partnership between NAMI Florida, the state’s largest grassroots organization for individuals and families facing mental health challenges, and the HR Florida State Council, an affiliate of the Society of Human Resource Management.

The mission of Stigma Free Florida is to change attitudes within workplaces regarding mental health and individuals with mental illness. This campaign targets leaders of businesses and organizations who are decision-makers and can influence the workplace culture.

Click here to learn more

What is NAMI Florida?

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI Florida is the state organization.

We have 27 local affiliates in Florida with volunteers who work to raise awareness and provide support and education.

NAMI relies on gifts and contributions to support our important work.